Privacy-Preserving Record Linkage of Deidentified Records Within a Public Health Surveillance System: Evaluation Study
Long Nguyen, Mark Stoove, Douglas Boyle, Denton Callander, Hamish McManus, Jason Asselin, Rebecca Guy, Basil Donovan, Margaret Hellard, Carol El-Hayek
Journal of Medical Internet Research | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: The Australian Collaboration for Coordinated Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance (ACCESS) was established to monitor national testing and test outcomes for blood-borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) in key populations. ACCESS extracts deidentified data from sentinel health services that include general practice, sexual health, and infectious disease clinics, as well as public and private laboratories that conduct a large volume of BBV/STI testing. An important attribute of ACCESS is the ability to accurately link individual-level records within and between the participating sites, as this enables the system to produce reliable epidemiological measures. OBJ..View full abstract
ACCESS is a partnership between the Burnet Institute, Kirby Institute and National Reference Laboratory. ACCESS is funded by the Australia Department of Health. ACCESS also receives funding from specific studies, including EC Victoria, EC Australia, and PrEPX. The Burnet Institute gratefully acknowledges support from the Victorian Operational Infrastructure Support Program.